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An End of an Era: Atlantic Airlines retires its last Lockheed Electra

Atlantic Airlines (UK) (Coventry) yesterday (April 27) reached a milestone for the company.

Atlantic Airlines’ last airworthy Lockheed Electra, the pictured 188C (F) G-LOFC (msn 1100), ferried from Katowice to Coventry in the early hours of April 27 after operating the final Electra commercial flight from Leipzig on behalf of DHL.

The converted freighter has been sold to Buffalo Airways (Yellowknife) and departed for Keflavik just after 1045 local time. Atlantic Airlines
staff were out in force to wave it off, the departure was filmed for “Ice Pilots”, it received a water canon salute and then made a final approach and flyby before departing to its new home.

There are still two derelict Electras parked up at Coventry. However G-LOFC was also the last airworthy Electra in Europe.

This aircraft was originally delivered to American Airlines as N6123A “Flagship Nashville” on October 22, 1959.

Thank you to Gordon Stretch for this report and photos.

Atlantic Airlines (UK): AG Slide Show

Copyright Photos Below: Gordon Stretch. G-LOFC is given the traditional water cannon salute on its departure from CVT. The last operational Electra leaves Europe.

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Grd) CVT (GST)(LR)

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Tko) CVT (GST)(LR)

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West Air Europe+Atlantic Airlines = West Atlantic

 

Pictured at Coventry, ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) is basically painted in United Express' 1993 colors with a new logo and West Atlantic titles.  Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch.

Pictured at Coventry, ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) is basically painted in United Express' 1993 colors with a new logo and West Atlantic titles. Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch.

West Air Europe (Gothenburg) and Atlantic Airlines (Coventry) announced in October 2008 they would merge to form West Atlantic Airlines (Gothenburg). ATP G-BTPH (msn 2015) now spots new titles and logo.